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The Earth Charter in Books from Germany

Harald LeschGerman Astrophysicist refers to the Earth Charter in his new book
Prof. Dr. Harald Lesch, the famous german astrophysicist, science journalist, and member of the Bavarian Climate Council refers to the Earth Charter in his recent book “If not now, when then?: Action for a world in which we want to live”. He invites the readers in chapter “acting ecologically – how does it work?” to act according to the Earth Charter and to fill its 16 principles with life through actions. “Everyone of us can through their actions fill the Earth Charter with life, day by day.” He also calls to his readers “Let’s stop to restrict ourselves. We don’t need boarders, neither in the head nor on the world map. (…) Let’s stop to judge, let us begin to share.”

The Earth Charter made it into a German Geography Textbook
The Earth Charter was printed and mentioned in a German geography textbook within the chapter “Global Understanding and Earth Democracy – Why are Global Understanding and Earth Democracy important?”. The book also references the School Marianum, which uses the Earth Charter as a foundation, and encourages the readers to make their school an Earth Charter School as well.

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From the classroom to the whole town

Students from the Marianum School act for insect wellbeing in the town of Warburg, Germany

Thirteen ninth grade students developed ideas about how insects could feel better in their town, Warburg. The concept was created in the Earth Charter project week, themed around diversity, last summer.

On 15 November 2018 three students handed over their project results to the Mayor of Warburg, Michael Stickeln. Ulrike Berghahn represented the German Earth Charter Affiliate during the festive handing over of results.

In the report the students describe the reasons for the insect dying such as insecticides, loss of blooming plants and night lighting. The students emphasized the need for action and presented the recommendations from their project designs: the planting of blooming plants, the stop of using pesticides and night lighting as well as encouraging the consumption of organic foods are also viable in Warburg.

Warburg’s Mayor agreed to many points made by the students and invited them to join the Town’s Council Meeting where they presented again in May this year. The Town Council is currently checking the feasibility of the students improvement proposals for further implementation.

The Marianum School Warburg considers to be an Earth Charter School since two years ago and has since realized numerous Earth Charter projects. We are happy to hear about project that bring the Earth Charter to life and congratulate the students for this great project. We are also very happy to hear about the interest of Warburg town in the Earth Charter and the cooperation between the school with the municipality.

(This article is adapted from an article previously publishes in the German Earth Charter affiliate’s OIEW magazine “Initiative”)

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“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition in Zambia empowers positive change

Seeds of hope Zambia“Everyone of us can make a difference!” was the motto of last month’s three-day exhibition “Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change”, organized by Soka Gakkai International of Zambia (SGI-Zambia) in cooperation with Earth Charter International at Mulungushi international conference center in Lusaka, the Capital City of Zambia.

Nearly 1000 participants of all age groups, learned about current global issues and the principles of the Earth Charter. The exhibition pointed out our interconnection with the broader community of life and sought to empower viewers with a sense of their own potential to make a positive change. Participants were so motivated by the messages that many vowed to continue supporting the Earth Charter and SGI, and to do something over the environmental degradation after listening to the presentation of the contributing Grassroots Trust organization.

Their pledges, written on pieces of papers, were stacking on a board.  Even a nine-year-old boy pledged to help his community end illiteracy when he finishes school.
Participants left the venue asking when the next program would be held and urged COPE-Zambia to start a University Earth Charter group which they committed to.

COPE-Zambia is currently creating an Earth Charter School Network in Zambia with other schools from around the world committed to fostering Sustainability. The aim is to create an interconnected foundation of young people who are prepared for global challenges and able to live and promote the Earth Charter and its values, ethics and principles.

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SDG World Tour Kick-Off Event

56587619_10161469857115328_3559405360026484736_nThe SDG World Tour project was launched during a special event on 9 April in New York. The purpose of this project is to raise the awareness of a broad public on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through a two-year tour around the world with a sailing boat, the Clipper Stad Amsterdam, starting on 16 August 2020 in Amsterdam and ending mid 2022 in New York. During this sailing tour, the boat will stop in 17 harbors for about 10 days. During each stop, it will focus on one specific goal of the 17 SDGs to be highlighted by means of dialogues, forums, festivals, networking and thematic events.

It is envisioned that the SDG World Tour will become a facilitating platform, a catalyst, and a travelling connector. This effort will also serve to highlight local projects related to specific SDGs from the countries where the SDG World Tour stops. The projects that will be showcased will be selected based on their potential to inspire and initiate similar initiatives elsewhere. Five out of the 17 stops (cities/countries) have already been defined: New York, Rio de Janeiro, Capetown, Mumbai and Shanghai. The other 12 cities are to be defined by fall this year.

EC CompassThe Earth Charter International and the SDG World Tour have joined forces and will collaborate in this project as this sailing boat tour will take not only the SDGs with them, but also the Earth Charter as an ethical compass for this journey with projects that will engage youth on the ship, on shore and on line. ECI will invite Affiliates, Partners, Young Leaders and friends to engage in this project for instance, in collaborating by hosting events when the Clipper Stad Amsterdam Sailing boat is anchored in the harbor of an EC Champion’s country. In short, it is envisioned that EC Champions will have their organization and network be part of the SDG World Tour programme when it comes to a certain harbor.

The Kick-off Event for this project, held on 9 April in New York counted with the participation of UNUSG of Global Commmunciaitons, Allison Smale and the first youth mayor of Amsterdam, Avianka Aventurin. At this occasion, an agreement of collaboration was signed between the SDG World Tour and ECI.

You are invited to spread the word of the SDG World Tour and find out more about it at www.sdgworldtour.com

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Open Enrollment “Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics” Online Youth Training Programme!

networkApply now to participate in the next offering of our interactive and innovative Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Online Youth Training Programme to be held from 07 October – 13 December 2019 for young people aged 18-30!

This training programme seeks to enhance young people’s skills and knowledge to be ethical sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.

By participating in this programme, you will have the opportunity to join a global network and support your fellow participants as you explore your role as a leader in your own community.

Participants will receive an Earth Charter International certificate as recognition of their successful completion and an invitation to become an Earth Charter Young Leader.

To ensure that we can build a sense of community among participants, space is limited. Early applications are encouraged.

Click here for application materials and more information about this programme.

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Youth Partnerships

Earth Charter Initiative Partners with FolkeCenter Chile

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Folkecenter Chile! Folkecenter, is an international NGO headquartered in Denmark now with two more offices in Africa and Chile. They have been working for a sustainable world with 100% renewable energies since 1983. Folkecenter Chile is located in Arica, Chile focused on giving workshops and trainings in green businesses, sustainable education, social reintegration and sustainable construction.

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Earth Charter Initiative Partners with Greening Youth Foundation

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) based in Atlanta, Georgia to amplify efforts with the mission and work of the Earth Charter Youth Network.  The Greening Youth Foundation’s mission is to work with diverse, underrepresented young adults across the US to develop and nurture sustainability leaders and environmental stewards. They do this through their environmental educational programme engaging local community members and working with land management agencies to provide internship opportunities for youth interested in conservation careers.

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Congratulations to the winners of the XII Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award

On Saturday 16 March the ceremony for the XII Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award, organized by the Association of the Tortosa Friends of UNESCO, took place at the Felip Pedrell Auditorium of Tortosa.

The event was chaired by Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza during which he gave a lecture entitled “Global Challenges, Global and On Time Responses.”

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With the slogan “Let’s Save the Planet: Let’s Act Now Because Tomorrow May Be Too Late!” the students produced short, two-minute films to promote the ecological values of the Earth Charter, the Sustainable Development Goals or the Terres de l’Ebre Biosphere Reserve.

Out of a total of 65 submissions from Catalonia, Mallorca, Reinosa, Santander and Zaragoza, the following educational centers were awarded: La Falguera School in Vilanova del Vallès, Calvià Institute in Santa Ponça (Mallorca), Torre Vicens Institute in Lleida, Quatre Cantons Institute in Barcelona, Els Alfacs de la Ràpita Institute, Root Institute, Cap Norfeu de Roses Institute, San José Niño Jesús de Reinosa School, Caparella Institute of Lleida, Flix Institute, Juniper Serra Institute of Palma de Mallorca and David Barreda, Marc Domenech, and Júlia Albaca in the other categories.

This year, as a novelty, the didactic proposal Implícate+ with the Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award was developed and shared through UNESCO Tortosa, XTEC and Implica’t+, to implement this contest into classrooms.

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Teachers from the Implica’t+ project, Jordi Farrando, Maria del Mar Lluelles, and Toni Martin accompanied their students to collect three prizes corresponding to the categories:

Formative cycles and baccalaureate:
– 1st prize: Short film “Porta a porta” (Door to Door). Created by: Carlos Rivas, Joan Tartera and Raül Vaca from the Caparrella Institute in Lleida.
– 2nd prize: Short film “Prou excuses” (No More Excuses). Created by: Daniel Mendoza and Francesc Lluís Muñoz from the Caparrella Institute in Lleida.

Second ESO cycle:
–2nd prize: Short film “Protegim la Integritat Ecològica” (Protect the Ecological Integrity). Created by: Miriam Aguayo, Paula Foixench, Anna Miró and Didac Piqué from the Torre Vicens Institute in Lleida.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Director of UNESCO Tortosa, Ms. Montse Esteve, for the excellent organization of this event and also to congratulate all the student winners.

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Activities with the Earth Charter in Mexico

Translation of the SDGs to indigenous languages:

Traduccion ODS Mexico Indigena

Languages play a fundamental role in people’s daily lives. Besides being an instrument of communication, education, social integration and development, languages give us identity. This is why the United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, with the intention of sensitizing society about the importance of the richness in the world’s cultural diversity.

Based on SDG 4 for Quality Education, the Chiapas College, Institutional Endorser of the Earth Charter, considering the presence they have in practically every region of the state, together with the Intercultural University of Chiapas, the Mexican Earth Charter Network (through the Focal Point of that state, Eder Medina) and the organization Kybernus A.C., have translated the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to the Tsotsil, Tseltal, Zoque and Chol languages.

The objectives are expressed with representative illustrations of the state of Chiapas in order to disseminate this important international framework for the promotion of Sustainable Development on International Mother Language Day celebrated on 21 February.

We share the documents of the translations through this link.

Events:

Puebla Carta de la TierraOn February 2019, Puebla City Hall approved an Agreement presented by the Mayor to endorse the Earth Charter.  Ignacio Rojas, focal point of the Mexican Earth Charter network in this State is following up this agreement to operationalize it, and make possible to include the Earth Charter in public policies and/or education processes.  See here news and videos about this.

 

 

Michoacan Carta de la TierraIn the framework of the XLVI Anniversary of the Technical Agricultural High School (CBTA, for its initials in Spanish) No. 7 “José Vasconcelos Calderón,” the Environmental Protection Procurator of the Government of Michoacán, Mexico (PROAM, for its initials in Spanish), participated in the endorsement of the Earth Charter, as a firm commitment between authorities and society to carry out actions for the conservation of natural resources.

PROAM officials expressed their congratulations to the initiative of this CBTA to train in young people a sense of identity with their state and responsibility to the environment.

 

Estado de Mexico Enciclica Laudato Si Carta de la TierraThe focal point of the Earth Charter Network in the State of Mexico, Rafael Fernando Sánchez Barreto, gave a lecture on the encyclical Laudato Si’ and the Earth Charter as an alternative for the construction of the community of peace. This talk was held at the CONECTATE vocational festival organized by the Movement of Students and Professionals of Catholic Action, on 2 and 3 March 2019, in the Parish of Santa Clara de Asís, Municipality of Lerma. Around 40 young people attended.

In addition, Rafael Fernando gave the talk “The Earth Charter as a Tool for Training in Touristic Municipalities Vulnerable to Climate Change,” at the Autonomous University of Yucatan, within the framework of the International Congress of Tourism Training, held from 16 to 18 January, with around 20 participants.

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Earth Charter International and Creative Educators International Network Join Forces to Foster Value-Creating Education

We welcome a new partnership between Earth Charter International and Creative Educators International Network (CEIN). With both organizations working in the field of education for peace and sustainability, and their dedication to communities and education for global citizenship, it’s not surprising this collaboration now becomes official.

Through the partnership, members of CEIN will have access to the Earth Charter materials, which they can use to implement value-creating education in their communities, businesses, schools and universities.  CEIN will use the principles of the Earth Charter for planning and creating training activities for their members.

CEIN founder and President Stephanie Tansey* shared, “Educating and learning is to live in a space of reciprocal acceptance, where there is legitimate respect for oneself and others and a special deep gratitude, appreciation and respect for the environment. CEIN recognizes itself directly in the Earth Charter principles.  By collaborating with Earth Charter International, our members have the opportunity to use the Earth Charter and its pedagogical and global perspective to further develop our focus on sustainability in local communities.”

“Partnering with CEIN, an organization committed to implementing value-creating education and the Earth Charter,” said Earth Charter Executive Director Mirian Vilela, “makes it possible to reach educators around the world and help them in their professional development to support the transition to peaceful and sustainable ways of living.”

For more information, contact info@earthcharter.org or ceinetwork2030@gmail.com

About Earth Charter
The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. The Earth Charter provides a valuable educational instrument. It encourages to search for common ground in the midst of our diversity and to embrace a global ethic that is shared by an ever-growing number of people.

About CEIN
The CREATIVE EDUCATORS INTERNATIONAL NETWORK, Inc., (CEIN) is a non-profit NGO dedicated to inspiring educators who are implementing value-creating education in different ways. Through deepening understanding and empathy, CEIN is determined to lay the foundation for construction of a United Nations of Education.

*Stephanie Tansey: It is with deep sadness that we heard about the passing away of Stephanie Tansey on 31 March 2019. Stephanie was a great Earth Charter Champion! She carried the EC everywhere she went, China, Nigeria, Central Asia, USA and other places. We admired her tenacity and consistence over time. She will be missed. We are holding Stephanie in our thoughts and hearts.

May her soul rest in peace and may all the good and great work she did on this Earth continue to flourish.

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Earth Charter International Education Conference 2019


Earth Charter International Education Conference 2019

LEADING THE WAY TO SUSTAINABILITY 2030:
EDUCATION, THE EARTH CHARTER, AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

29 – 31 January 2019

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The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at University for Peace, with the support of World of Walas and Soka Gakkai International, hosted the Earth Charter International Education Conference: Leading the Way to Sustainability 2030. The conference took place on the University for Peace campus from 29 to 31 January.

More than 100 people participated from 18 countries, such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Brazil, the United States, Canada, Guatemala, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Japan, among others. A wide variety of sectors were represented, including universities, school educators, local government officials, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, as well as UNESCO representatives from both the Headquarters and the Regional Office for Central America and Mexico, and the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica.

This conference sought to share experiences and research projects and generate a dialogue on pedagogical approaches, materials and lessons learned in the search for necessary transformations in education processes for sustainable development and global citizenship.

The Conference was held in English and Spanish, with 66 presentations, divided into nine plenary sessions and four categories of parallel sessions, namely: school education, higher education, and non-formal education in English and Spanish. Among the speakers were recognized authors in the field of education, especially education for sustainable development, global citizenship, transformative education, among others. In addition, pedagogical principles that encourage interaction and enjoyment were put into practice. In this sense, at the Conference there were nature walks, music and dancing, as well as moments of reflection, meditation and sharing among the participants.

Many shared their experiences on how they have been working with values in their education practices. It was emphasized that ESD is about transformative action and that any Earth Charter education requires involving the mind, the heart and the hands.

There was so much richness in thought and exchange in all sessions leading to a quite unique experience. In his presentation, Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran invited participants to look at the future with hope. His keynote address highlighted the importance of Radical Hope, world affirming spirituality and intergeneration action and equity. Dr. Sam Crowell invited participants to reflect on the role of education in helping us to identify “who we are and what kind of a person we want to be?” Dr. Namrata Sharma said, “the behavioral response to solve global issues would be rooted in a non-dualistic belief system which perceives an inextricable link between the self-other-nature-universe.” She also shared some recommendations identified from a study of value-creating global citizenship education and the Earth Charter for the UN 2030 global citizenship agenda. Dr. María Vilches shared the findings of her research on “Ecopedagogy and the Eco-Schools programme in Puerto Rico.”

Mrs. Akpezi Ogbuigwe, a well-known speaker and former Director of the Education Division of the United Nations Environment Programme, gave the Conference closing remarks with an emotional speech. She posed the question: “If so much is being done, why do we still have compounding wicked problems?” She talked about the importance of powering the SDGs with the EC spirit as a crucial step to the future we want. She ended her speech with an emotional poem with an invitation to rise up to the task of social transformation through education.

The feedback received has been very positive. As part of the follow-up to this Conference, the organizers will be creating a report and a publication in book format, which compiles the main ideas shared through articles written by the participants themselves.

Click here for more information about this Conference.

Follow the link to see the Conference Agenda: http://earthcharter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-Earth-Charter-Education-Conference-Agenda.pdf

Click here to watch a video of the Conference.

To view pictures of the Conference click here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/gp47i8iupBoSdgQa7

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